Cherry Tree Celebration and Kite Flying on June 6th – St. Paul Nagasaki Sister City Committee Event

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Local Japan Related Events | 0 comments

This year marks is the 60th Anniversary of the  St.Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee (SPNSCC), a great friend of JASM! Through their organization, events to help celebrate the partnership between St. Paul and Nagasaki are scheduled throughout the year. On June 6th (starting at 9:00a.m.), there will be a Cherry Tree Celebration and Kite Flying event at Como Park!

Photo of cherry blossoms blooming in Como Park (courtesy of the SPNSCC and the University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources)

Cherry blossoms blooming in Como Park (courtesy of the SPNSCC and the University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources)

 

Read more about the event here (or visit the  SPNSCC website here: http://www.stpaulnagasaki.org/cherry-tree-celebration-and-kite-flying/)

June 6 marks the third anniversary of the Gift of Cherry Trees to Saint Paul by the Japanese government in 2012. We will celebrate by planting two more sakura and with music and dance. Sansei Yonsei Kai will perform to “Sakura” and Mumin Japanese Women’s chorus will sing “Hana wa saku/Flowers will bloom.” At the end of the ceremony, we will process to the picnic shelter area and be greeted by Harisen Daiko! Free cherry blossom related activities and treats at the shelter. The Nakamuras will fly their special hata kites. Location for the cherry trees are at the end of the Butterfly Parking Lot across from the Labyrinth. From Lexington, go west on Estabrook and stay to the right; turn right into the Butterfly Parking Lot.

Visiting St. Paul will be special guests Seikoo and Akiko Nakamura. The Nakamura’s are well known kite makers and fliers from Nagasaki. There will be a kite demonstration on Saturday at 10am following the Cherry Tree celebration. That location is near the picnic shelter at the West Parking Lot on Como.

Kite making will take place at the Conway Rec Center in St. Paul, from 2:00 until 4:00. The address is 2090 Conway Street. The kites will be $5 each and there will be 75 kits available. Thank you to the Minnesota Kite Society for hosting the Nakamuras and arranging the kite flying.

Some information about Seiko Nakamura on the Drachen website:http://drupal.drachen.org/bio/seiko-nakamura

Link to pictures from the 2001 Nakamura visit: http://www.mnkites.org/home/gallery/event-pictures-from-2001

Register now for the once in a lifetime kite making workshop with the Nakamuras! Participants will be accepted the day-of, as space is available. You can pay the day of by cash or check. Please register by completing this form online.

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